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Since some of our new beekeepers like to go the "extra mile" we have assembled our Premium Starter Hive (OPSH) and it comes with everything our Basic Starter Hive come with except for a few changes. They are manufactured of Cyrpess, the corner joints feature our "Locking Miter" joint, we have added a Feeding Cover and a Half Suit to help protect you from stings.
OPSH is available in Premium Quality Cypress grown, cut and manufactured here in Florida or White Pine. Our OPSH includes an assembled solid bottom board (this is the base for the hive). The bottom is offset to allow two different sized entrances to the hive, are wide opening for summer and a narrow opening for winter. The Hive Body (where the bees live) is the first box set on the base. The frames hang like file folders in the hive body and hold the foundation. The foundation is where the bees build the wax cells to hold larvae, pollen and honey. The Honey Super (where the honey is stored) is the next box to be stacked; Frames and foundation are also included with the super and hang just like in the Hive Body. A feeding cover is next, this is a solid cover with a hole for Top Feeding. We also include our "Stingless" Feeder with the Premium Starter Kit. When you are not feeding you cover the hive with the Telescoping Outer Cover leaving the feeding cover in place but not the "Stingless" Feeder. By leaving the Feeding Cover in place you elimintae the possibility of the bees sealing the out cover with propolis so it removes easily. A Half Suit will help to keep the bees off your face, it covers the top half of your body and slips on like a sweat shirt. Our leather gloves are for handling the frames and hive boxes, a hive tool (like a little crowbar) is included to open the boxes and gently free stuck frames, a stainless steel smoker with guard helps calm the bees while you are working the hive and bee brush is used to gently move the bees from the frames as you work. We also include an entrance feeder so you can feed your bees when pollen is in short supply.